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Fred FM playlist: 6 June 2010 “Radiohead”

June 6th, 2010 · 10 Comments

Approximate playing time: 80 minutes.

  1. Radiohead  “Faust Arp”  (2007)
  2. Nada Surf  “Whose Authority”  (2008)
  3. The B-52’s  “Ain’t It a Shame”  (1986)
  4. Evelyn “Champagne” King  “Shame”  (1978)
  5. Scissor Sisters  “Do the Strand”  (2009)
  6. Joe Jackson  “Sunday Papers”  (1979)
  7. Horace Andy  “Airbag”  (2006)
  8. Mark Ronson with Alex Greenwald  “Just”  (2006)
  9. The Beatles  “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road (demo)”  (1968)
  10. Tammy Wynette  “It’s My Way”  (1968)
  11. Ry Cooder  “Always Lift Him Up / Kanaka Wai Wai”  (1976)
  12. The Louvin Brothers  “Dying from Home, and Lost”  (1959)
  13. Quarry Hill  “Under the Bottom”  (2008)
  14. Richard Ashcroft  “Brave New World”  (2000)
  15. Brad Mehldau Trio  “Exit Music (for a Film)”  (1998)
  16. Jamie Cullum  “High and Dry”  (2004)
  17. Carole King  “Smackwater Jack”  (1971)
  18. Simon & Garfunkel  “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her”  (1966)
  19. Nadine  “Brother”  (1999)
  20. Radiohead  “Palo Alto”  (1998)

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Fred FM playlist (6 June 2010)

Some notes on the songs:

  • There’s a loose theme today.  Who can spot the (at least) six instances of it?
  • Quarry Hill is a band featuring Seth Rothschild, formerly of Gingersol and a multitude of recording and producing projects.  MySpace sucks, but because I can’t find a proper website for the band, here is their MySpace page.
  • Gingersol and Nadine toured together for a while in 2003.  They played a double-bill in-store together at Laser’s Edge that year and I became a fan of both bands and the folks within them.  I am only now – several days after compiling this program – noticing the coincidence that landed members of both bands on this playlist; I wasn’t thinking of it at the time, except maybe subconsciously.  Funny how that works.

Gingersol at Laser's Edge, 7 August 2003 Nadine at Laser's Edge, 7 August 2003
Gingersol & Nadine, 7 August 2003 (photos: spitballarmy.com)

  • Notice how Paul switches between his “Helter Skelter” and his “I Will” voices on that demo?  It’s kinda schizo.
  • Beverly Lyte taught me how to dance The Rock to Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King’s “Shame” many moons ago when we were freshmen in college.  I know that I’ve said this before, and I’ll likely say it again.  (Did she teach you The Rock, too, DP?)
  • Virginia Wynette Pugh (her real name) released two of her biggest hits (“Stand By Your Man” and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”) in 1968, the year before her marriage to George Glenn ‘Possum’ Jones, and seven years before their own D-I-V-O-R-C-E.
  • Top 3 Simon & Garfunkel songs?  That’s one of ’em.

Tags: Fred FM · music

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bureaucratist // Jun 7, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    My three: “The Boxer,” “Hazy Shade of Winter” and “Slip Slidin’ Away” (“Mrs. Robinson,” “The Sound of Silence” and “Scarborough Fair” must be excluded from this game; it’s like saying that Sgt. Pepper’s is your favorite Beatles album).

  • 2 spitballarmy // Jun 7, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    B. – I think that ‘Slip Slidin’ Away’ is technically a solo Paul Simon song, so you may have an opening (in case there was another contender).

    And what do you mean in your Sgt. Pepper remark?…that popularity weakens quality? I’m wondering.

  • 3 bureaucratist // Jun 7, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Damn, I looked that up [“Slip Slidin’ Away”] before I put it in there. I thought the g/d internet was supposed to do my thinking for me.

    I mean that “favorite” is distinct from “greatest.” Sgt. Pepper’s for greatest album ever, absolutely, it’s a contender. But it’s kind of a bogus choice for an individual’s favorite album ever, to the extent that an individual’s favorite book/album/song/poem/painting/movie ought to reveal something *individual* about them. Does that make sense? I don’t think there’s anything contradictory about, say, naming “Mrs. Robinson” as your favorite S&G song, I just don’t think it’s playing the game very well.

    My favorite Beatles album, for the record, is Rubber Soul.

  • 4 spitballarmy // Jun 7, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Favorite is most definitely distinct from Greatest, I agree with that – or, hopefully, it ought to be, for the reason you named. For the record, my favorite Beatles album alternates between Revolver, The White Album, and Sgt. Pepper, and most often it IS Sgt. Pepper. But I also count Citizen Kane among my favorite films (yes, I genuinely enjoy it), as well as The Godfather and The Searchers – all three of those are Greatests.

    Am thinking of the other two Simon & Garfunkel songs in my Top 3 now. Probably “The Only Living Boy in New York,” “Kathy’s Song, “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.,” “America” and “Homeward Bound”…wait, how many is that? 😉

  • 5 bureaucratist // Jun 8, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    Sitting at the railway station / got a ticket for my destination … greatness indeed!

    Hell, my favorite movie is Star Wars, so I’m in no place to critcize.

  • 6 bureaucratist // Jun 8, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    The theme: songs from years that end in 8.

  • 7 bureaucratist // Jun 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    FYI, I’m super stoned right now and listening to this playlist while cooking coq au vin and drinking a bottle of Vinho Verde, which, if you drink wine, you should be drinking the ess out of this summer, it’s the perfect summer wine and very cheap and I’ll probably use it to cook the chicken a little later. Anyway, I’m having a very good time, FYI.

  • 8 spitballarmy // Jun 8, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    So many uses for spitballarmy.com (…see above comment. Bureaucratist will be featured in my new advertisements).

    The theme is – loosely – Radiohead (2 tracks and 4 covers).

    There are also two instances of Kings: Carole and Evelyn (but that just sorta happened).

  • 9 bureaucratist // Jun 9, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Well, I don’t mean to tell you how to run your blog, but isn’t it more correct to say that we’re both right? I mean, you’ve got seven songs from years that end in 8. Are you trying to tell me that wasn’t intentional? If anything, I would say that I’m slightly more correct, which I don’t think it is possible to deny.

    (not being remotely serious)

  • 10 spitballarmy // Jun 9, 2010 at 8:27 PM


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